Most people are well into the gardening season by now, but it’s not too late for you to get started. In today’s Fresh Friday blog, I’m going to give you a few mid-summer gardening ideas and tips!
How to Get Started
One of the first steps to starting your summer garden is to get a soil analysis kit to check your soil’s pH balance. Knowing the pH balance is important when choosing what to plant in your garden or adjusting your soil for other plants. If you’re having trouble figuring out the pH scale, someone at your local garden center should be able to help you.
What to Plant
Perennials are a great choice because they do well during various growing seasons. A few options to try are coneflower, daylilies and salvia.
Are you wanting to plant some vegetables too, but feel like it's too late? Heat resistant vegetables require less watering which results in less money spent on water and not having to do as much work in the hot summer sun. Crops like beans, cucumbers, garlic and okra can tolerate hot, dry conditions.
If you’re looking for something fast growing, plants with extensive root systems are the way to go. The best part about deep rooted plants is that they will break up your soil and bring up nutrients from deep below. Try planting dandelion, comfrey or buckwheat.
Maintaining Your Garden Mid-Summer
Knowing how to start a garden is one thing, but knowing how to maintain a healthy garden is another thing.
- Keep the weeds in your garden under control by pulling them up about once a week.
- Using mulch around plants is a great way to help your soil retain nutrients and moisture. You can also research different mulching techniques to fit the pH level you want in your soil. (Straw is a great mulching material to keep away weeds because it contains fewer seeds than hay, producing fewer future weeds. However, hay will add more nutrients to your soil as it decomposes, so weigh your options and look at different mulching materials.)
- Be aware of the weather and keep in mind which crops or plants may need extra water.
- Regularly inspect your garden for pest and other potential problems. There are natural ways to repel bugs from your garden like oil or soap sprays.
General Summer Gardening Tips
In the midst of summer, it’s important that you take care of yourself while you’re gardening.
- Protect yourself from the sun and the outdoors by wearing light-weight pants and long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat and gardening gloves, which will help reduce the risk of skin irritation and cuts.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water, and energized by eating healthy foods like apples, oranges, bananas and other fruits.
Now that you know it’s not too late in the summer to start your garden, you can get started on your mid-summer garden today!
Once you’ve figured out how to start a garden and successfully maintain it, you can start turning your focus toward starting a fall and winter garden where plants such as daffodils, lilies and tulips will be able to produce beautiful spring blooms.
Topics Lawn and Garden